Survivor, health or game? video

12052017 David White Fairfax Media. Louisa McClintock leaves Surviver through unknown illness

Louisa's family didn't know where she was, until television producers called the teenager's family to tell them she was sick in the Nicaraguan jungle.

Scramble for Sheeran tickets video

Ed Sheeran performs at Mt Smart Stadium on December 12, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.

14 min ago  Three out of the five gigs have sold out, and there are just few tickets left for the remaining shows.

Sex guide for Bachelor

These guys are not your role models.

A sex therapist's recipe for long-term love for the happy Bachelor couple.

Tami: Kiwi fans made me

Tami Neilson said the way New Zealand makes music has taught her a lot.

So now she's paying back. Watch out Paekakariki: Tami's coming for you.

Russell Crowe takes a break

Russell Crowe and Tom Cruise arrive ahead of The Mummy Australian Premieren Sydney, Australia.

2:21 PM  Actor wants to spend more time with his kids, and won't rule out retiring from acting.

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Iron Man buys historic windmill gallery

Robert Downey Jr's new summer house is nothing like Tony Stark's pad.

Built in 1885, this adorable abode looks more suited to elves than an Avenger.

Suburb gave peace a chance

Protesters gather at North Head, Devonport in the 1980s.

Seaside Devonport on Auckland's North Shore celebrates leading the country toward its nuclear-free status.

Maori actor returns to roots

Roimata Fox is excited to return to the Maori world in upcoming play Te Puhi.

Roimata Fox stars in a Maori coming of age drama that looks at New Zealand's first beauty queens in the 1960s.

Rocket Man recast as refugee

A clip from the new music video for Elton John's Rocket Man.

Elton John's song about a lonely astronaut on a mission to Mars retold as a tale about a refugee cut adrift from his family.

Guy Williams: the role-model debate

Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor: role models.

I'm not taking any tips from Tony Veitch on this one.

Book repairer Bill Tito stopping in

Bill Tito with his new project, a standing photo album, and a family bible he recently restored.

Upper Hutt man has been repairing books for over 50 years.

Elise up for Golden Guitar Award

Kendall Elise is a finalist for APRA Best Country Music Song at this year's Golden Guitar Awards in Gore.

Elise was born and raised in Papakura and gained a lot of her "musical fire" while attending school in the area. 

10 famous hotel guests and rooms

Coco Chanel's suite at the Ritz.

Stay in the suite Coco Chanel lived in for 37 years or spend a night where John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged a sit-in.

Getting Sheeran tickets the old way video

Ed Sheeran fans Erin Davis, left and Debbie Waide wait for tickets outside Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Old-fashioned ticket queues after missing out on Sheeran pre-sales.

Kimmy Schmidt continues Redskins takedown video

Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), left, Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski) and Lillian (Carol Kane) in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. In the ...

Scheme to get the Washington Redskins to change their name continues in Season 3 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

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Iron Man buys historic windmill gallery

Robert Downey Jr's new summer house is nothing like Tony Stark's pad.

13 min ago  Built in 1885, this adorable abode looks more suited to elves than an Avenger.

What is Taylor Swift planning?

2:31 PM  Why all signs point to new Taylor Swift music in 2017.

Rebel Wilson trial starts

Guy Williams: the role-model debate

THE BACHELOR NZ

Viarni: 'We are happy and relieved'

Viarni Bright and Zac Franich were happy they no longer had to keep their relationship a secret.

The Bachelor New Zealand's Zac Franich and Viarni Bright confirmed they are still together.

Bachelor NZ 'twisted experience' video

Lily McManus-Semchyshyn was left hurt when Zac told her he could not continue.

Bachelor runner-up Lily McManus calls the show a "twisted experience" after the final episode ended.

And the winner is... video

Viarni said she was looking forward to being a normal couple, walking down the street holding hands.

The winner of the Bachelor New Zealand 2017 and Zac's heart is Viarni Bright. 

It's decision time, Zac

The final two - Lily McManus-Semchyshyn and Viarni Bright.

This is it, the moment we've all been waiting for: The Bachelor chooses his belle. Join Steve Kilgallon and Glenn McConnell for the most momentous TV moment of the year.

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Ticket scramble: Ed Sheeran sellout

Three out of the five gigs have sold out, and there are just few tickets left for the remaining shows.

film

Hollywood's power to alter history

Forrest Gump has shaped many people's understanding of the Vietnam War era in America.

Why using movies in the classroom isn't just a matter of pressing play

"Go to the Zoo, dude"

Hugh Jackman has played Wolverine in nine movies since 2000.

Why Hugh Jackman had to be educated about the wolverine.

Why the Joker didn't kill Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger's sister Kate says playing The Joker was "one big gag" to him.

Dealing with her brother's death as the world watched was indescribable

Baywatch star 'felt objectified' video

"I absolutely felt objectified, but that was the whole point" says actress  Alexandra Daddario who auditioned in a bikini.

Actress who had to audition in a bikini said she felt self-conscious being so scantily-clad.

music

Elise up for Golden Guitar Award

Kendall Elise is a finalist for APRA Best Country Music Song at this year's Golden Guitar Awards in Gore.

Elise was born and raised in Papakura and gained a lot of her "musical fire" while attending school in the area. 

Getting Sheeran tickets the old way video

Ed Sheeran fans Erin Davis, left and Debbie Waide wait for tickets outside Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Old-fashioned ticket queues after missing out on Sheeran pre-sales.

The opera star who wouldn't sing

James Clayton (pictured) is an Australian baritone who lives in Wellington and when he's not performing here and in ...

The only NZ resident in New Zealand Opera's Carmen on why he was once embarrassed to sing.

What is it with Americans and nipples?

Cher performs Believe at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas before receiving the Billboard Icon Award.

Cher wowed the audience with an incredible performance at the 2017 BBMAs - but all Twitter wants to know is where her nipple went.

tv & radio

Kimmy Schmidt continues Redskins takedown video

Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), left, Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski) and Lillian (Carol Kane) in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. In the ...

Scheme to get the Washington Redskins to change their name continues in Season 3 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Regret over 'locker room talk' video

Billy Bush officially leaves NBC

Former TV host Billy Bush wishes he changed the topic when Donald Trump talked about grabbing women.

TV food for thought (sort of)

Carly Flynn presents Healthy Food Guide, which isn't exactly ground-breaking stuff but is interesting enough, if only ...

REVIEW: Well-meaning TV shows about healthy eating tell me things I already knew - but probably don't do.

Survivor: Dead meat and plans ruined

SPOILERS: It's all been a "waste of time" for one contestant as schadenfreude takes hold.

Games

Virtual sports taking off video

Junpei Sasaki playing "HADO", in which competitors in head-mounted augmented-reality displays and armband sensors dodge ...

Twelve new sports have been certified in Japan. They all take place in the virtual arena.

Xbox for the p....

Co-owner Jonny Kirkpatrick gives the interactive digital urinal a go at Dux Central in Christchurch.

Forget urinal cake football, now you can drive a racing car while you wee.

Review: Prey

Morgan Yu, playable as either male or female, isn’t exactly a silent protagonist but they’re pretty close.

Prey is a polished game that does a lot of good storytelling, despite not having a particularly original plot.

Review: The Falconers

The Falconers follows Cassie Winter, a young member of a global organisation known as the Order of the Falcon.

New Zealand is a perfect setting for a video game, and this game is proof.

books

Author's secret agent survival skills

Acclaimed children's illustrator and author Lauren Child signs books for fan and St Joseph's school student, Phoebe ...

Charlie and Lola author stopped in Queenstown to talk to primary school students before festival.

Never too late to write a book

Adam Dudding. He's not normally this neatly turned out.

Adam Dudding won the non-fiction first book award (and $2.5k) this week at the ripe old age of 46. Here's how it happened.

Otago A Go Go

More laureates than you can shake a stick at: the 2017 Dunedin Writers And Readers Festival.

Hungover but happy, a visiting northerner reports back after three days at the Dunedin's Writers And Readers Festival.

Kiwi Gothic too tamed, mannered

Author Damien Wilkins.

A queasy examination of shoplifting seen through the eyes of a shop detective, writes David Herkt.

arts

Artists to go wild in parks

Minister Maggie Barry and artist Fiona Pardington who participated in an earlier version of the programme.

Artists will work with conservation projects in parks in a new residency.

McLeod's music puts on a show

Hutt Valley film score composer Tom McLeod at the opening of Pecking Order.

Writing the score for Pecking Order brought it own special challenges, composer Tom McLeod says.

The state of the arts in Christchurch

While graffiti and street art has thrived in post-earthquake Christchurch, many of those working in the arts sector ...

Why Christchurch's approach needs to be more than just "arts in the service of commerce".

Shedding light on industry

Light Industry opens at Depot Artspace in Devonport, May 27.

Industrialisation is not always ugly, retired factory worker and photographer says.

stage & theatre

The opera star who wouldn't sing

James Clayton (pictured) is an Australian baritone who lives in Wellington and when he's not performing here and in ...

The only NZ resident in New Zealand Opera's Carmen on why he was once embarrassed to sing.

Love bites in Blenheim

Tom Knowles brings 'Allergic To Love: Curse of the 80s' home to Blenheim before touring the US.

Rock opera in the pub for rugby mates who don't do theatre about to tour the United States.

Play tackles life and death

Inspired by conversations with friends, Helen Moulder fashioned a play about a woman buying a handbag at the end of her life.

Inspired by conversations with friends about what to do with their stuff when they die, Helen Moulder is in the midst of a one woman tour of New Zealand.

Students to perform winning tragedy

Wakatipu High School drama students from the team that won the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare regional final for Southland: ...

Modern day Othello tragedy set in high school propels drama students to national final.

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